Thursday 29 September 2016

Gavin: Mayo not 'Under the radar' for final

Published 07/09/2016 | 02:30

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Dublin boss Jim Gavin has laughed off suggestions that Mayo enter Sunday week's All-Ireland final "under the radar", insisting "only good teams make finals".

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Mayo haven't hit their best form in reaching the September 18 decider as they coughed up their Connacht title for the first time in six seasons.

But Gavin insists they have "earned" their spot. "Good teams get to finals and they are a good team," he added.

"You don't come into an All-Ireland final under the radar. They have earned all their victories along the way and learned a lot from it. They have been right up there in the past.

"Any time we have played them from '13 to last year, even up in Castlebar this February, there wasn't a bounce of a ball between us. I'm sure there will be a bounce of a ball again between us again."

The Dublin manager confirmed that he will have a clean bill of health heading into the final with the exception of panellist Shane Carthy (Naomh Mearnóg).

Irish Independent

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